Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Virginia shooter James T. Hodgkinson killed

Virginia shooter James T. Hodgkinson killed

The shooter, an IL native, was shot and killed.

But Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., raised the ominous prospect that the incident may have been politically motivated, saying that a man who appeared to match Hodgkinson's description approached him and others in the parking lot of the Alexandria, Va., baseball field to ask whether the practice involved Republicans or Democrats.

"Steve Scalise was on second base fielding balls".

"All of a sudden we heard a very loud shot". My son, Jack, got under an SUV.

Authorities have not yet confirmed a motive for the shooting.

He was also a member of several anti-GOP Facebook groups, including "Terminate the Republican Party" and "The Road to Hell is Paved with Republicans".

Charles Orear, 50, a restaurant manager from St. Louis, said in an interview Wednesday that he became friendly with James T. Hodgkinson, whom law enforcement officials identified as the shooter, during their work in Iowa on Sen.

The senator said he was "sickened by this despicable act" and that "violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society".

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Members of Congress and their staff were practicing for an upcoming baseball game. "What we just saw here is one of the bad side effects of someone not exercising those rights properly".

In a televised address, Mr Trump described Mr Scalise as a "very good friend", a "patriot" and a "fighter".

Following the Giffords shooting, lawmakers have held fewer open town halls and have been advised to increase security at such events.

Federal law enforcement identified Hodgkinson as the shooter who attacked Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer and members of the congressional police force, Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia.

According to Secretary of State corporate records, Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business, which he dissolved on January 10.

Rep. Mo Brooks, the Alabama Republican and another one of the people at the baseball field when the shooting happened, dismissed the idea that he might rethink his staunch support of the 2nd Amendment in the wake of this shooting. "I am so grateful for the heroic action of the Capitol Hill Police Force protection detail and pray for the full recovery of my roommate Congressman Steve Scalise and others wounded this morning". T. Hodgkinson. The official was not authorized to discuss an investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Both are being traced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The FBI has taken control of the crime scene, which is located some 7 miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C.

Court records examined by NBC News show that he had a history of arrests and was charged in 2006 with assaulting his girlfriend.

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